My biggest problem (and I know a lot of people have the same issue) is I donít see the weight loss myself. I see myself everyday, so itís hard for me to pick up on the small changes. So when I hit a plateau I donít see that my body is still changing, I just see the needle on the scale staying put and I end up losing motivation and giving up.
This time around Iím trying to put less emphasis on the scale and more on recognizing the small changes.
Some tricks I have been trying: I took a long sheet of paper and measured out my waist (currently 40Ē). Every time I lose an inch, I add the new shorter line above the old one, so I can SEE my waist getting smaller (even if my scale isnít picking it up). I also made a chart, in 5lbs increments so I can check off ever 5lbs I lose (again so I can SEE the weight loss). I also have a system of ďrewardsĒ I get for every 5lbs or 10lbs I lose.
When I reach my goal weight Iím going to give myself a big present, which is to have a photo-shoot with a professional photographer. I keep imagining the different outfits or locations I will use when I get there. I have a file on my computer of different poses I like. I look at those and it helps push me to keep going.
When Iím working out I have a playlist of songs that I love and that when I hear them I want to go faster and harder.
Just anything to keep me going. Even if itís something totally vain and superficial, if it gets you into the gym, use it.
Even if it seems a bit mean, if it keeps you motivated go for it. Example, a few months ago I ran my first 5K. To keep pushing myself to run, I would pick a person some distance ahead of me and I would find a reason not to like them, their hair, clothes, body, whatever, and I would tell myself that, ďthere is no way I will let someone like that be in front of meĒ. So I would focus on overtaking them. Then I would pick another person ahead of me. I finished around 30 minutes, which is very respectable for someone who used to say, ďI donít run. Even if the axe murderer is chasing me, I donít run.Ē
I would say, keep trying different things until you find something, anything that will give you a boost.
Edited by: MCASKEY6 at: 8/9/2013 (18:40)
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